MARILYN Manson is one of the world’s most controversial musicians, who’s best known for his outrageous stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson.
Who is Marilyn Manson?
Marilyn Manson’s real name is a little less glamorous than his stage name – he’s called Brian Hugh Warner.
He was born in Canton, Ohio, on 5 January, 1969 – that makes him 51.
He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, composer, actor, painter, author, and former music journalist.
Manson is best known for his ’90s records Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.
How did Marilyn Manson get his name?
Manson’s stage name was formed by combining and juxtaposing the names of actress Marilyn Monroe and criminal Charles Manson –
He has previously revealed he has trademarked his famous name.
He said: “I trademarked the name ‘Marilyn Manson’ the same way as Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. It’s not a stage name. It’s not my legal name … Marilyn Manson is owned by Brian Warner, my real name.”
Aside from music, Manson has also acted. He made his movie in 1997, appearing in David Lynch’s Lost Highway.
He’s also appeared in Rose McGowan‘s 1999 film Jawbreaker; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; The Hire: Beat The Devil.
He also claimed that he began his career as a watercolour painter in 1999 when he made five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers.
What does Marilyn Manson look like without makeup?
Marilyn is rarely seen in public without makeup on. However, he did sport a makeup-free face when he had to go to court in 2001 (pictured above).
He has previously described his love affair with makeup, saying it all stems from childhood.
He revealed to Fader: “My mom used to put her wigs and lipstick on me when I was little. I have one weird picture of me as a toddler with an unlit cigarette in my mouth, wearing her blonde wig and a diaper, sitting on the couch. Wonder how I ended up here.
“I suppose my fascination with makeup comes from me having a great imagination and not being able to contain it just to a piece of paper or a piece of music. When I was a kid, I used to do the KISS makeup with watercolour paints.
“I was into KISS mostly because I was told not to listen to it in Christian school. But Alice Cooper and Bowie were more important to me. KISS wore too much of a mask; it was too much kabuki.
“I wanted to be seen, I just didn’t want to be seen the same way that I was. Ziggy Stardust first led me to shave off my eyebrows. People look at you trying to figure out what’s missing or wrong, and you can do a lot more with makeup when your eyebrows are out of the way.
“In the beginning, I was never intending to be androgynous in the sense that people thought. I wasn’t trying to look like a girl; I was hiding something. I had a really bad complexion as a teenager, but I wasn’t insecure: I tried to look worse. I liked to put lipstick on my teeth because it was always something that people didn’t like to have.”
What are Marilyn Manson’s biggest songs?
American rock band Marilyn Manson is formed of lead singer Marilyn Manson and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz, although Berkowitz left the band in 1996.
Their shocking dress and frequent references to sex, violence and drugs has led to a controversial reputation, with some US states even banning Marilyn Manson from performing at state-owned venues.
The band have achieved several platinum-selling albums, including Portrait of an American Family, Antichrist Superstar and Mechanical Animals.
Manson’s version of the Gloria Jones song Tainted Love is one of their best known singles, as is The Beautiful People.
Their cover of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) also did well in the US and the UK.